American Lotus

Recently Harland and I bought a yacht.

Well, it’s not really a yacht, more like a large deluxe motorboat.

Well, it’s not really a motorboat as it doesn’t have a motor.

Well, OK, so it’s a canoe.  Anyway, Harland and I are no longer landlocked!  The streams, ponds and lakes of Kansas are ours for the paddling. Last weekend, we piled our camera equipment into the S.S. Harland and paddled our way across a nearby lake to a area where some American Lotus plants were blooming.

Harland hopped out and waded around with his camera and tripod, while I was not so brave and stayed on the yacht taking pics and drinking pina coladas.

Frogs hopped around on the lotus leaves,

as the sun slipped lower.

After the sun set, I paddled over to Harland, dropped anchor, and picked him up. Then we paddled back across the lake in the pink twilight.

The lake was glassy surfaced, and the fish plopped around us feeding on bugs. We stopped paddling and soaked in the peace.

We love our yacht canoe.


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Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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14 Responses

  1. Doe of Mi. says:

    Now you need a fishing pole. I like the frog – I have a thing for frogs. Had a pet tree frog when I was a kid. He’d come out of the rose bush to see me. Now I have a bathrm. full of frogs of all kinds. Also always loved being on the lake – know you will love it.

  2. Oh I love the photo of the frog!! Beautiful evening on the water! Looking forward to your posts with photos from the water. Happy Monday to ya!!

  3. Sally Bishop says:

    Are your lakes suffering from lack of water this summer? We have playa lakes around town that were going dry and stinky. The last rain, now over a week ago, refilled many. It does keep the mosquito poplulation down, though.

    • Suzanne says:

      We had a drought in April and May, and then again in July, but otherwise we’ve had rain and ponds and lakes are fine here. As is the mosquito population. 🙂

  4. Tina says:

    Wonderful pictures. I love the pink light. Enjoy your canoe! Or “paddle-boat”. pun intended. What fun.

  5. Lynda M O says:

    Water cleans our senses and our souls giving us a renewed vigor; I loved living offshore listening to the lapping on the hull as the background music of my life.

  6. Elaine Snively says:

    Picture of the canoe please.

  7. Mickey K. says:

    I have enjoyed your site. We are city folk, and live near Kansas City. We have driven through the Flint Hills. It is a beautiful area. My boys think they want to be farmers, so they have enjoyed your site, also. You and Harland have a wonderful life!

  8. Sounds like fun! I’m looking forward to this new perspective, your photos from the yacht…

  9. Becky L. says:

    What lovely lotus and I liked the frog too. Glad you have a canoe, how fun for you and it will be an adventure for you both! Wearing the life jackets? Enjoy!

  10. Linda says:

    LOL “SS Harland” 🙂 Fun reading, great photos, as always.

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